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Description

This search looks for emails that have attachments with suspicious file extensions.

  • Type: Anomaly
  • Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
  • Datamodel: Email
  • Last Updated: 2020-07-22
  • Author: David Dorsey, Splunk
  • ID: 473bd65f-06ca-4dfe-a2b8-ba04ab4a0084

Annotations

ATT&CK
ID Technique Tactic
T1566.001 Spearphishing Attachment Initial Access
T1566 Phishing Initial Access
Kill Chain Phase
  • Delivery
NIST
  • DE.AE
  • PR.IP
CIS20
  • CIS 3
  • CIS 7
  • CIS 12
CVE
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
| tstats `security_content_summariesonly` count min(_time) as firstTime max(_time) as lastTime from datamodel=Email where All_Email.file_name="*" by All_Email.src_user, All_Email.file_name All_Email.message_id 
| `security_content_ctime(firstTime)` 
| `security_content_ctime(lastTime)` 
| `drop_dm_object_name("All_Email")` 
| `suspicious_email_attachments` 
| `suspicious_email_attachment_extensions_filter` 

Macros

The SPL above uses the following Macros:

Note that suspicious_email_attachment_extensions_filter is a empty macro by default. It allows the user to filter out any results (false positives) without editing the SPL.

Required field

  • _time
  • All_Email.file_name
  • All_Email.src_user
  • All_Email.message_id

How To Implement

You need to ingest data from emails. Specifically, the sender’s address and the file names of any attachments must be mapped to the Email data model.
Splunk Phantom Playbook Integration
If Splunk Phantom is also configured in your environment, a Playbook called “Suspicious Email Attachment Investigate and Delete” can be configured to run when any results are found by this detection search. To use this integration, install the Phantom App for Splunk https://splunkbase.splunk.com/app/3411/, and add the correct hostname to the “Phantom Instance” field in the Adaptive Response Actions when configuring this detection search. The notable event will be sent to Phantom and the playbook will gather further information about the file attachment and its network behaviors. If Phantom finds malicious behavior and an analyst approves of the results, the email will be deleted from the user’s inbox.

Known False Positives

None identified

Associated Analytic story

RBA

Risk Score Impact Confidence Message
25.0 50 50 tbd

Reference

Test Dataset

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